Selected Work

On this page you will find a selection of my published or otherwise recognized work.

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Spring 2017

Mirrors and Prisms: Refractions of Privilege in a Public School’s Fight for a Voice

In the fall of 2015, the Asheville City Board of Education announced plans to undertake a restructuring initiative to accommodate recent significant growth in district enrollment, which is predicted to tax the district’s current physical capacity in the next three to six years. This paper explores the implications and manifestations of privilege in the unfolding of the restructuring conversation in Asheville, where progressive prioritization of equity and a liberal social justice mindset meet entrenched systems of racial and class privilege. Ultimately, the examination reveals the privilege of access to information that comes with membership in the dominant group, and in the conclusion I reflect on my own role in this system.

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Winter 2015

Asheville Citizen-Times: Hall Fletcher’s Rare Success

In this piece as a guest columnist for the Citizen-Times, I celebrate the successes of a local public school striving for equity in an unequal system, and becoming a place of community along the way.

 

Diplodocus
Winter 2013

Demise of the Diplodocus

In which I reflect on my spirituality in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting, a cold winter, and a botched blood donation. Honorable Mention in the Writer’s Workshop of Asheville “Hard Times” Contest.

 

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Winter 2009

The Holy Man

Inspired by the the book of the same by Susan Trott, I explore the ways in which meeting a holy man helped me recognize the holiness coursing through my ordinary life. This piece was originally delivered as a chapel talk at the Asheville School.